May 07, 2013

Age-Related Tooth Root Decay

 A study comparing the prevalence of decay on tooth root surfaces in two groups--middle-aged adults (aged 45-64 years) and older adults (65 years and older)--shows differences between the two groups.  Middle-aged adults seemed to be prone to this type of decay if they were male, self-reported dry mouth, had exposed roots and increased frequency of eating or drinking between meals.  Older adults did not share the same associations.

Source: JADA, vol. 144, no. 5, 507-516

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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